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to infection or something harmful in the environment. so researchers hope the young stem cells banked when patients were newborns will be able to change the way their nervous system functions. cord blood registry in san bruno is the largest umbilical cord blood bank in the world. and now it's at the forefront of the first fda clinical trial of its kind, investigating whether the stem cells in cord blood may be able to cure autism. >> this initial pilot study will accept 30 children between the ages of 2 and 7 to have a confirmed diagnosis of autism that is not known to be caused by a genetic factor. >> reporter: those children will receive infusions of their own stem cells banked when they were newborns and stored with the registry. by ewing their own stem cells, their bodies can't reject them. dr. michael ches is running the fda-approved trial. the hope is the stem cells participants receive will be used to regulate their immune systems and stimulate neurological repair. >> the premise is that autism may be caused by a faulty immune system or potentially faulty nervous system, and umbilic
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